Thursday, September 3, 2020

Review - Magic & Mistletoe by Nyx Halliwell

Magic & Mistletoe
by Nyx Halliwell
Series: Confessions of a Closet Medium, #2
Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Release Date: Septembert 1, 2020

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but is Santa stuffing my stocking with ghosts?

It seems Thornhollow has more secrets to reveal. After ridding my family of an ancient curse, I’m hired to break another.

A two-hundred-year-old hex is about to expire and release a ghost from Christmas past. The witch trapped by the hex is seeking revenge and coming after my boyfriend. (Like I don’t have enough issues in the relationship department!)

Add in planning for the Mistletoe Ball, the biggest event of the year in Thornhollow, launching my new wedding dress line, and an unexpected, yet welcome, visitor, and it all spells trouble.

Something is brewing this Christmas, and it isn’t just hot cocoa. Murder and magic are in the air and Santa has stuffed my stocking with ghosts!

At the base of the cabinet, Arthur and Lancelot seat themselves and watch us, as if hoping they’ll get something out of this deal.

I wave her off. “Get your own coffee, Grandma, and please don’t run around naked if you shift and scare Rosie and Fern to death.”

Not only is my ancestor on her seventh or eighth life as a cat, she can transform into human form when she wants.

Lancelot’s gray eyebrows rise and I swear Arthur grins. Speaking of naughty cats…

It seems they might like seeing her naked, and I make a mental note to lock them out of the bathroom when I shower from now on. I narrow my eyes at them. “You two behave.”
Another wonderful paranormal cozy mystery from Nyx Halliwell! Mystery and magic come together with a small town and some romance, delivering a great story that I couldn’t put down!

Ava has become one of my favorite heroines. She may just be learning about her powers, but that doesn’t stop her from doing whatever she needs to protect those around her. She’s humble but fierce, always helping everyone around her, and is just the person I would love to have as a friend. And with an unreliable guardian angel, talking doorknobs and gargoyles, an ancestor who is a shapeshifting cat, and all the ghosts that she attracts, she certainly faces her share of challenges just getting through the day, never mind trying to break a curse or solve a murder! I love her relationship with Logan and seeing that develop and deepen made me very happy - and I loved her little insecurities that that she had about their relationship, they really gave her character such a sense of realness and relatability.

All of the characters that are brought to life in the pages of Magic & Mistletoe are wonderful! Nyx Halliwell has put together a cast of quirky and unique individuals, animals, and spirits that all come together as part of the story. From the unreliable guardian angel to the shapeshifting cat of an ancestor, you never know exactly what is coming as you turn the pages. I also love having some of her characters from one of her other series show up to offer advice and help, I love a good cross-over!

This is a very easy to read book that was fast paced but had enough details to keep you invested in the story. I love the world that Nyx Halliwell has created and the diversity of characters that are built into the story. There were some laughs and some romance, which were the perfect offset to the mystery that was going on. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

I can’t say enough about this book and series and would recommend them to just about anyone!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by the author.

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